So I flew home and I went to work. In the last ten days or so I have made use of quite a bit of fruit that was either given to me or going to go bad. I've made (pictured from left to right)...zuchinni pickles (bread and butter flavored and my first pickles ever!), pear chocolate jam (better than Nutella!), apple chutney, strawberry jam, cherry jam, apricot glaze (had it over waffles this morning - to die for!), apricot jam, fresh lemonade, and carmelized onions. Not pictured is the oldest recorded written recipe for Linze Torte from Austria dating back to 1653 using my strawberry jam, another recipe to die for.
I've always wanted to make strawberry lemonade so after making the fresh lemonade served on many southern porches in the south, I heated some strawberries and 3 teaspoons of sugar and drizzled the "cordial" into the lemonade. See the photo below, I love it. I'm becoming Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith show. Steve even suggested that I enter the fair this year! What was weird was I answered, I was thinking about the blue ribbon so maybe! I understand the woman of the past to take such pride in cooking that you would scrutinize other jams for having the foam on the top or not having the picture perfect jar. Perfection in the kitchen was their pride. Women didn't work much outside of the home if not for need and they were defined for the work done in the home. And men were the strength and bread winners of the family.
The irony, bread winners, a term defined in the kitchen but meaning bringing home the dough, the mula, or the money. Another term of winning at the fair. So Andy Griffith and Aunt Bee and of course Opie long for the days of old. Where life was simple and fishing was king. Where whistling on the way to anywhere put a pep in your step and a smile on a stranger's face. As I get older I long for those days where peace was joy in baking and seeing others happy to eat your food. Even if it wasn't worthy of a blue ribbon.
|Andy and Opie Taylor|
|Clara and Aunt Bee|